|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 Video Card Performance|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 09 November 2010|
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DX9+SSAO: Mafia II
Mafia II is a single-player third-person action shooter developed by 2K Czech for 2K Games, and is the sequel to Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven released in 2002. Players assume the life of World War II veteran Vito Scaletta, the son of small Sicilian family who immigrates to Empire Bay. Growing up in the slums of Empire Bay teaches Vito about crime, and he's forced to join the Army in lieu of jail time. After sustaining wounds in the war, Vito returns home and quickly finds trouble as he again partners with his childhood friend and accomplice Joe Barbaro. Vito and Joe combine their passion for fame and riches to take on the city, and work their way to the top in Mafia II.
Mafia II is a SSAO-enabled PC video game built on 2K Czech's proprietary Illusion game engine, which succeeds the LS3D game engine used in Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. In our Mafia-II Video Game Performance article, Benchmark Reviews explored characters and gameplay while illustrating how well this game delivers APEX PhysX features on both AMD and NVIDIA products. Thanks to DirectX-11 APEX PhysX extensions that can be processed by the system's CPU, Mafia II offers gamers is equal access to high-detail physics regardless of video card manufacturer.
Mafia II Extreme Quality Settings
Cost Analysis: Mafia II (1920x1200)
Test Summary: Of all the video games presently available for DirectX-11 platforms, Mafia II is by far one of the most detailed and feature-rich. Playable at the highest quality settings when APEX PhysX is disabled (for the benefit of non-GeForce products), all of the video cards tested delivered good frame rate performance. As we've seen in the other tests, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 outperforms the ATI Radeon HD 5970 but the same margin that it surpasses the GeForce GTX 480. Although only 1-2 FPS ahead, the pair of CrossFireX AMD Radeon HD 6870's still earns a performance edge at the expense of higher total power consumption. When APEX PhysX is enabled on Mafia II, all Radeon graphics products are forced to use the CPU and performance quickly plummets.